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"Heartbeat" is a song written by Colin Newman and originally recorded and released in 1978 by the English rock band Wire on their second album Chairs Missing. Guest Kate Lukas played flute on the track.[1]

Song by Wire
from the album Chairs Missing
ReleasedAugust 1978
Songwriter(s)Colin Newman
Producer(s)Mike Thorne

The song was not uncommon as either an opener or a closer of Wire's live sets at the time. Producer Mike Thorne has called it the band's "first overt love song".[1]


Big Black versionEdit

Single by Big Black
GenreNoise punk, post-hardcore
LabelTouch and Go
Songwriter(s)Colin Newman
Big Black singles chronology
"Il Duce"
"He's a Whore/The Model"

"Heartbeat" was covered and released as a single in 1987 by Chicago post-hardcore band Big Black. Apart from the Wire cover, the other two tracks on the record are originals. This 7" record was sold together with the Headache EP or used for promotional give-aways. The three tracks were eventually reissued on The Rich Man's Eight Track Tape compilation.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Heartbeat" - 3:48
  2. "Things to Do Today" - 1:44
  3. "I Can't Believe" - 1:04


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